The Cilice Garter Belt was inspired by the Catholic Church and they used it for self torture. The belt was worn on the upper thigh for hours at a time because they believed it forced them to reflect on the hardship of life. It was also used to tame their sexual desires. I have brought it over into the bondage side as I believe it can be used in fetish play. I kept the design as close to the historical piece as I could to give it the desired medieval feel. The Cilice Garter Belt gives a nice stinging feel that can be enhanced if the belt is tightened. This device is a great addition to any endurance training, or it could be worn to correct a sub/slaves behaviour in the form of a punishment. The Cilice is not designed to pierce the skin although it leaves a very cool pattern after use.